Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship

The aim of personal, social and health education and citizenship at Broad Square is that children are enabled to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society who play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and wider community. The school aims to educate children to their full potential, sharing in their spiritual, moral and cultural growth.

PSHE is taught through the ‘JIGSAW’ programme which is a mindful approach to PSHE. It is a comprehensive scheme of learning including emotional literacy, British Values. British values link here  and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development. SMSC link here. We place an emphasis on active learning by facilitating child-led discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities. Children are encouraged to take part in activities that encourage citizenship such as school council, circle time and philosophy, assemblies and visits.

Sensitive and current issues are explored if considered appropriate for individual classes. Children are encouraged to take part by giving their opinions and listening to those of others in a responsible manner. Broad Square aims to create a safe and comfortable atmosphere in which children feel able to ask questions and give their own opinions.

School introduces age appropriate sex education from 1, children will be taught the correct names for genitals, for example. Specific issues regarding sex and drugs education are introduced in year 6. The need for these aspects of education is discussed with parents of children in year 6. Parents maintain the right to withdraw pupils from all or part of the sex and drugs education programme involved.

If you would like a copy of any of the Jigsaw plans for any year group, please contact your child’s class teacher.

For more information about the Jigsaw scheme, you could also download a factsheet for parents and carers. Click here to access a guide to the Jigsaw PSHE approach for parents and carers.

There is also a leaflet to further explain the approach to the Relationships and Sex Education element of PSHE. Please download it here